"Charriot Bronze", Luristan, 1200 to 700 BC.

"Charriot Bronze", Luristan, 1200 to 700 BC.


"Charriot Bronze",

Luristan, modern day Iran, ca. 1200 to 700 BC.

This is a bronze hollow tubular standard in the style of a "master of animals", a subhuman figure standing above the heads and necks of equally stylized horse heads and flanks. The figure's arms encircle the animals in what some have seen as an image of control. Below the animals are further stylized images, which may be masks. Many of these standards were removed from Luristan in the 1800s and early 1900s without proper archaeological excavation; only two have been scientifically excavated. As a result, their true function is unknown. Suggestions for their interpretation have ranged from the religious -- depictions of deities, idols, talismans, etc. -- to the utilitarian -- parts of chariots or used in funerary rituals. Comes with custom wooden stand. Size: 2.85" W x 5.4" H (7.2 cm x 13.7 cm) 

Provenance: Ex - Hovsepian Collection acquired before 1980

Condition Report: Patina, with expected wear, but shape is clear.

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